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Current Issues in the Church

There is so much Catholic information and commentary available now that the hard part is choosing what issues are most important enough to follow. Our website limits its coverage to those current events that touch on our doctrinal and missionary purposes. Issues involving our apostolate get top priority, but other issues affecting all of our lives are also highlighted in our news reports and columns.

A knowledge of Church history will give us the tools necessary to deal with many of the alarming current issues that threaten the Faith and the Church, theologically, morally, and socially.

Brother Francis has a tremendous appreciation for the history of the Church. He liked to call Church history “the laboratory of wisdom.” Why? Because the history of the Church is the history of human salvation, and choosing the best means to save one’s soul is the highest prudence. And prudence, says St. Thomas Aquinas, is wisdom in action.

A knowledge of Church history is essential if we are to apply the wisdom of the past, and the tragic errors of the past, to current issues and events in the Church. History is the laboratory of wisdom, but the application today of the lessons learned from history is prudence.

How, for example, are we to understand what St. Pius X meant when he said that “modernism is the synthesis of all heresies,” if we are ignorant of the history of the Church’s battles against heresy? How are we to evaluate the causes of what Pope Benedict referred to a “crisis of Faith,” if we unfamiliar with any of the twenty ecumenical councils that preceded Vatican II?

Christendom is gone as a reflection of the social reign of Christ the King, but Catholicism lives on, and the spiritual warfare is ever-present. We must keep informed, rejoicing in the good, and fighting against what is evil.

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Religion in China Must Be Chinese, No Foreign Influences

AsiaNews: Religions in China must be “Chinese” and free from any “foreign influence”. They must integrate into China’s “socialist society” and, under the leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC), they must serve the nation’s development, said Chinese President Xi Jinping in a speech he delivered before the United Front, which ended a three-day meeting yesterday. Full report here.   Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, … More →

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Marriage Vote in Ireland

For Immediate Release Friends of Ireland Warn of Dangers To Religious Freedom In Yes Vote On Marriage Referendum Pro-Life and Pro-Family friends of Ireland in the United States today are sending a message of caution to the Irish people about the potential dangers to religious freedom in the Irish Republic, which could result from a change in the traditional definition of marriage. Irish citizens will … More →


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Younger German Bishops Stand Up to Defend Catholic Moral Teaching

LifeSiteNews: A controversial document from the most prominent Catholic lay organization in Germany calling for changes in the Church’s teaching on divorce and homosexuality has garnered the public opposition of six German bishops. The resistance is noteworthy since it comes in the wake of similar suggestions by the German Bishops Conference and is being seen as a more general opposition. Read more here. Share, Bookmark, Like: … More →

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Thank You, Pope Francis

Traditionalists are often criticized for being insufficiently respectful of the Holy Father, Pope Francis. Be it noted that we here at Saint Benedict Center not only respect the office and the man who occupies it (and pray for him), but we are particularly grateful for three recent moves, which have, in varying degrees, political as well as religious significance. In stating our gratitude, I risk … More →


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Mic’d Up—Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus

Christine Niles hosts an informative and stimulating edition of “Mic’d Up” on ChurchMilitant.com: “Mic’d Up—Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus.” Here is their teaser copy: “In this week’s edition of Mic’d Up, guest host Christine Niles tackles the little-discussed topic of Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus, or “Outside the Church there is no salvation.” Guests include host of Romanus Contra Mundum Father Roman Manchester, historian and author Charles Coulombe, … More →


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The Franciscans of the Immaculate: ‘the Volpi era’ is Over

Schadenfreude is not allowed. Let us pray for Father Volpi. And let us pray that the malicious and unlawful prohibition of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate to offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass (and Divine Office) according to the traditional rite be completely rescinded. (There is much more to restore as well.) From Roberto de Mattei via Francesca Romana/Rorate Caeli: Sic transit gloria mundi. For the Franciscans of … More →


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Attorney Files Complaint Against Catholic U for Having Crosses in Classrooms

BeliefNet: Crosses in every room at Washington D.C.’s Catholic University of America are a human rights violation that prevent Muslim students from praying. That’s the complaint to the Washington, D.C. Office of Human Rights filed by a professor from rival George Washington University across town. Read more here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.

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Switzerland: Bishops Conference Says Church Moral Teaching Must Change

Catholic Culture: “The exclusion of remarried divorcees from the sacraments must be ended,” stated Walter Müller, the bishops’ information officer, as he summarized Swiss Catholics’ “very concrete requests to Rome.” “Partnerships for gays and lesbians should have a place in the Church,” he added, as he noted that only a “small minority” of Swiss Catholics supported the “current doctrine of the Church with its rigid discipline.” … More →

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Latest Fatima Book Spreads More Disinformation

“To deceive even the elect.” Father Gruner, we pray, will do more good now than he did on earth. Pray for the repose of his soul. Michael Brown’s Spirit Daily: We’ve been reporting on a new book about Fatima visionary Lucia dos Santos — the best book pertaining to the apparitions in recent  memory — but there’s too much to summarize in an article or even … More →

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German Bishops Dismiss Labor Law Requiring Employees’ Adherence to Church Teaching

LifeSite News: The German pro-life activist and author, Mathias von Gersdorff, responded to the recent decision of the German bishops with indignation: “With shattering pace and decisiveness, the Catholic Church in Germany continues it self-secularization. Now, she loosens the Church’s Labor Law – freely, as can be read in a press release of the German Bishops’ Conference. In no way is she obliged to do … More →

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Iraqi Nun Denied VISA by State Dept to Come and Testify on Christian Persecution

National Review: Why is the United States barring a persecuted Iraqi Catholic nun — an internationally respected and leading representative of the Nineveh Christians who have been killed and deported by ISIS — from coming to Washington to testify about this catastrophe? Earlier this week, we learned that every member of an Iraqi delegation of minority groups, including representatives of the Yazidi and Turkmen Shia … More →

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Soviet Spy Defector Says ‘We Created Liberation Theology’

CNA: Espionage deep in the heart of Europe. Secrets in the KGB. Defection from a communist nation. Ion Mihai Pacepa has seen his share of excitement, serving as general for Communist Romania’s secret police before defecting to the United States in the late 1970s. The highest-ranking defector from communism in the ‘70s, he spoke to CNA recently about the connection between the Soviet Union and Liberation … More →

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German Bishops Conference Abandons Church’s Moral and Sacramental Teaching

CNA: While discussing civil marriage and cohabitation, the German bishops emphasize that “a further development of the Church’s sexual morals” is needed. “This entails an enhanced appreciation of individuals’ ability to shape their lives in following Christ on their own responsibility and to form a personal conscience-based judgment.” That puts it very clearly where the bishops conference stands. More here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.

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Idaho: City Ordinance Says Jail and Fines for Pastors Who Refuse to ‘Marry’ Homosexuals

Fr. Z’s Blog: Idaho city’s ordinance tells pastors to marry gays or go to jail. Coeur d‘Alene, Idaho, city officials have laid down the law to Christian pastors within their community, telling them bluntly via an ordinance that if they refuse to marry homosexuals, they will face jail time and fines. Read more here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.

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178 Catholic Churches Under Police Protection in France

Catholic Culture: After a planned terrorist attack on two French churches was averted, Prime Minister Manuel Valls announced that “specific protection” is being provided to 178 Catholic places of worship. More on this here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.

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